No Gag Order, No Delay in Oracle-SAP Intellectual Property Trial

Lora Bentley

It's amusing to watch litigation in the tech sector today. Who and what and how change constantly, and every day someone is making a new accusation or admission. The Oracle-SAP intellectual property infringement trial is no exception.


Before I'd finished writing a post about Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's threats to call new HP CEO Leo Apotheker to the stand, a coworker pointed me to Reuters reports that SAP had narrowed the scope of its case-which Oracle called a change in legal strategy-and Oracle had asked the court to delay the trial for three days.


SAP will not contest the allegation that it contributed to the infringement of Oracle's intellectual property, the story says, in an effort "to limit the length of the trial and prevent ... a media circus."


But apparently, the court did not buy Oracle's bid for a delay. Another Reuters piece says the court denied that motion, as well as SAP's request for a gag order in the case.


The trial on the issue of damages will begin Monday. Oracle claims the damages top $2 billion, but SAP says a figure in the tens of millions is more reasonable, Reuters reports.

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